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May 1 Devotional

I must spend enough time in prayer and faithful listening to the voice of God to be brought to the moment of trust and surrender when I can give up my preconceived ideas and become open to God’s idea. My first concern is not my desired result. My first concern is God and the fidelity of our relationship, and then the result of the discernment efforts will come quite natu...

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April 30 Devotional

Christian life is ultimately this yielding to what God is doing in us through the Spirit of Christ. It is the Spirit’s activity, yet, in a mysterious way, it is also truly our own. ("The Journey Within" by Kathryn J. Hermes)...

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February 15 Devotional

After prayer, the church needs to teach people what I call “the weeping mode.” Weeping is different from beating up on ourselves. Weeping is a gentle release of water that washes, baptizes, and renews. Weeping leads to owning our complicity in the problem. Weeping is the opposite of blaming and also the opposite of denying. It leads to deep healing when inspired by the...

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February 20 Devotional

I think a Christian is one who, along with Jesus, agrees to feel, to suffer the pain of the world. But we can’t stop there. Tears come just as much with happiness. When it is an unearned happiness, when we know we did not deserve this goodness, we lose words. Tears are our only response. We perhaps have two eyes because reality is stereoscopic. When we see it fully, we h...

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April 27 Devotional

The real question is “What does this have to say to me?” Those who are totally converted come to every experience and ask not whether or not they liked it, but what does it have to teach them. “What’s the message in this for me? What’s the gift in this for me? How is God in this event? Where is God in this suffering?” ("Everything Belongs" by Richard Rohr)...

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April 28 Devotional

Tend only to the birth in you and you will find all goodness and consolation, all delight, all being and all truth. Reject it and you reject goodness and blessing. What comes to you in this birth brings with it pure being and blessing. But that you seek or love outside of this birth will come to nothing, no matter what you will or where you will it. - Meister Eckhart...

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April 29 Devotional

We desperately need men and women at our side who have disciplined their minds to think God: who God is and what he is doing in and among us; what it means to be created and chosen by God and how we get in on what he intends for us. ("The Wisdom of Another" by Eugene Peterson)...

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April 26 Devotional

Spiritual direction is a conversation with another in which we share our life, our experience of prayer, the movement of the Spirit within us. As the other person listens, prays with us, and points out certain things we may not have noticed, we become more attentive and responsive to the Spirit’s action in our life. He or she also helps us pay attention to God as he acti...

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April 25 Devotional

Let us never be mistaken about one thing: Jesus only comes to us on his terms, not our own. We can never demand, control, or manipulate him - although we constantly try. Even though the incarnation proves that he is the God who comes, he does so on our turf, but only on his terms. He is the one in control and he will not give that up. We, therefore, cannot demand that God ...

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April 23 Devotional

The universe is dancing. And the smallest bit of matter knows, unerringly and interiorly, the dance. Let there be no more talk of flashing signal lights. No more solitary figures sending out messages in quantum bottles to be picked up light years later on some distant star. No more cumbersome cosmic intelligence network dependent on the measurable flight of photons. The ti...

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